Classic Maternity Photos in East Lansing, Michigan

Maternity photos in March on the campus of Michigan State University (cold weather)

Cold weather turns a lot of people off from heading out for photos, but since the prime time for maternity photos is around 28-32 weeks pregnant, Lacie was game for heading out into the chilly air to capture the final weeks before the arrival of baby Zelda (Yes! Another Zelda! I was so excited about this).

Plants in Michigan are a little…less than ideal in March, so we sought out clean, classic architectural backdrops in East Lansing for these maternity photos to create a warmer look despite the cold of March.

I’m so excited that our area will have another little Zelda soon! Congratulations, Lacie and Lewie!

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Love Has No Boundaries: An Intercultural Wedding at the Grand Ledge Opera House

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Skyin and Barret were married at the Grand Ledge Opera House. I loved watching their families connect, despite the fact that they live halfway around the world from each other (Skyin is from China, and Barret is from here in Michigan), and they speak different languages.

From Skyin, the bride:

“I love sky, in all kinds of forms, with favorites being clouds in the big blue sky or sunrise or sunset. That’s also I name myself “Skyin” as my English name. Barret sometimes behaves like a bear to me and also his name sounds like bear so sometimes I refer him as my Bear.

Our wedding line is ‘Love has no boundaries,’ and much of our signage and decor [was] travel/world map/postcard themed. It is from the facts that we are from different countries and I work in the international education field, and I am always promoting intercultural understanding and communication. We are a living example that love connects people and breaks barriers. Love is magical…it will translate whatever or whenever we can’t or won’t understand each other.

I want to celebrate our relationship since it is a truly an amazing thing, and we have been through a lot, and I am so proud of us. At the same time, we used this as an opportunity to provide that intercultural experience for some of our guests who otherwise may not have that. Hopefully they will be inspired to travel, to meet someone who are different from them and to be more adventurous, open, inclusive and welcoming.”

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3 Tips for Including Your Dog in Photos

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Are you thinking about including your dog in your photos? Here are five quick tips to make sure it’s a success.

East Lansing engagement photos with pet dog

1. Bring a Helper

You probably won’t want your dog or dogs in every single photo, so bring one helper per dog to help out. Start out with the dog, and then have the helper take the dog home while we take photos with the humans.

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2. Bring Treats

You never know when your dog will need a little encouragement to cooperate.

East Lansing engagement photos with pet dog

3. Set Your Expectations

We’ll likely get some great photos interacting with your dog (doggie snuggles and walking almost always work out great for photos). But if you have an energetic pup, don’t worry if you can’t get him or her to sit perfectly still and smile. We’ll still get great photos.

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Kim + Tony’s Relaxed, Elegant Planterra Conservatory Wedding Photos in West Bloomfield, Michigan

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I kicked off my 2019 wedding season with Kim and Tony’s wedding at Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield last weekend, and was absolutely jaw dropping.

Every detail was a dream come true, from the long, sweeping tables filled with candles and garland to the impeccable service by the staff at Planterra and so so many friendly faces that made the day a joy.

Kim and Tony never seemed stressed – they were both such a joy to spend the day with, and they seemed to be having the best time every time I turned my camera their way.

Thanks to absolutely everyone who made this day special. Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a full list of wedding vendors who helped make Kim and Tony’s wedding day what it was.

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